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Usually the marten subsists on red squirrels, voles, mice, an occasional snowshoe hare, berries, and nuts—and bacon when possible. In spring there are bird's eggs, and in summer, earthworms, frogs, and toads. Rosehips are a fall delicacy. I never saw that marten at the window again, but that's not unusual. They never stay in one place for long. Martens are loners, and they roam over a large 38 H U N T E R OF THE H I G H PLACES territory. The male and female are together for only a short time during the mating season in the late summer, but after that both continue wandering in their unending quest for food.

Across the entrance to the bay from Hatfield's point is a small cove rimmed with reddish gravel and the above-water beginnings of a long, bouldery reef that angles out into the lake, a fishy spot where loons often gather. On a late July morning we pulled into Hatfield's dock, knowing that Mary would have the coffeepot F I R S T C I T I Z E N OF MINNESOTA 29 on and we could get updated on the doings of the wild neighbors. They had recently witnessed an extraordinary sight, the killing of a young loon by a bald eagle.

It was a young loon, very likely the twin of the one killed by the eagle. But how had it died? I examined the bird very closely; there wasn't a drop of blood, a wound, or any evidence of injury. I talked later with several experienced local birders about the dead loon, but no one seemed to have an answer. I went up to Saganaga to talk with an old friend who had been observing loons for many years to see if he might shed any light on the puzzle. "Probably the mother killed it," he said. " I asked.

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